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July 1, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. will predict whether free agent Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers or move on to another team. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times If Dwight Howard truly intends to base his decision on basketball reasons - a phrase the Lakers have already grown to detest - then there's only one destination that makes sense, at least for next season: Houston....
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April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
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December 17, 2009
It's a roller skating renaissance at the Echoplex, as the folks from Down and Derby wheel out a special holiday-themed edition of their monthly rink party. Be prepared for the bruise-worthy combo of skating, drinking and dancing, with DJs Steve Ider and Dirt Dave spinning "jingle jams" till 2 a.m. Echoplex. 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. Today, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. www.downandderby.org.
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April 6, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it. Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable. It wasn't just that the gorgeous chestnut horse from trainer Art Sherman's barn ran away with the $1-million Grade I race. Based on the horse's previous outings, the victory was no surprise. Nor was the winning margin of 51/4 lengths, making his last four victories, all under rides by veteran Victor Espinoza, total 241/4 lengths of daylight.
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July 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia breathed a little sigh of relief Tuesday when Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes was selected as the final member of the American League home run derby team, which includes Baltimore's Chris Davis, Detroit's Prince Fielder and New York's Robinson Cano. That meant Angels outfielder Mike Trout would not be in next Monday's event in New York's Citi Field. Scioscia is not a fan of the grueling home run derby, likening it to “being on a driving range and hitting 10 buckets of balls,” he said.
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June 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mark Trumbo has heard the cautionary tales of players losing their power strokes after competing in the home run derby. He has seen the numbers. He does not scare easily. If Major League Baseball invites Trumbo to participate in the prelude to the July 10 All-Star game in Kansas City, a very real possibility considering his growing reputation as one of the game's top young sluggers, the Angels outfielder will probably accept. "I've done some in the minor leagues and always enjoyed them," said Trumbo, who won the 2009 Texas League home run derby.
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July 5, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp said he has watched the home run derby almost every year. On Monday, he will be a part of it. "It's all fun," Kemp said. Kemp, who is tied for second in the National League with 22 home runs, was officially invited to the contest by NL captain Prince Fielder . Kemp and Prince will be joined on the NL team by Rickie Weeks of the Milwaukee Brewers and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kemp said he would take bullpen catcher Rob Flippo to Phoenix with him as his pitcher.
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July 11, 2011
Reporting from Phoenix — Matt Kemp admitted he got a little excited at his first taste of All-Star competition, even if it was basically just batting practice. "I was probably a little amped up. Probably a little quick," the Dodgers outfielder said after Monday's home run derby. But even the fact he finished last in the eight-man event with just two home runs couldn't take the shine off his evening. "It was tight, man. That was a great experience," Kemp said. "I wish I could have hit more home runs.
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October 1, 2009 | Lisa Rosen
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It," is set in the freestyling world of women's roller derby. The title describes a skating move in which teammates form a human chain in order to "whip" their scorer ahead of her opponents. It also describes the larger action in the film, in which Bliss (Ellen Page), a young woman from a small town in Texas, finds her footing with help from her derby compatriots. Bliss' mentor is Maggie Mayhem, played with gentle humor by "Saturday Night Live's" Kristen Wiig.
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April 19, 1987 | Associated Press
Mister S.M., a colt not nominated for the Triple Crown races, outlasted Templar Hill in a stretch drive and won the $156,150 Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park by a nose Saturday. Harriman, the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine colts, finished third, another 3 lengths back, in the last major Triple Crown prep race in New Jersey. In winning his first stakes race, Mister S.M.
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April 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention. California Chrome not only runs like the wind -- he has won his last three races by a total of 19 lengths -- but he and his connections present several stories that are hard to ignore. There is much talk that he would become only the fourth-ever Cal-bred to do so if he won the Kentucky Derby.
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March 23, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are trophies here. "It's not child abuse, it's derby," she once told her mother, who made sure she alerted her daughter's pediatrician about the girl's newfound love for the sport. "There have literally been days where I have been like, 'I must be crazy.' But she just picks herself up and gets back out there," said her mother, Tracy Wolk.
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February 28, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
For much of Samuel Brett Williams' “Derby Day,” in its L.A. premiere at the Elephant Theatre (which gave Williams' “Revelation” its world premiere last year), the sole sympathetic character onstage is Becky (Kimberly Alexander), a waitress at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Arkansas. Lovely Becky has the misfortune of waiting on “the Ballard boys,” three grown brothers who have rented a luxury box on Derby Day. Frank, Johnny and Ned came straight to Oaklawn from their father's funeral (sharp suits courtesy of Michael Mullen)
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February 8, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In the horse-racing world, it is still a lifetime until the May 3 Kentucky Derby. The top horses get hurt. They get ill. They suddenly, for no apparent reason, start turning in the training times of a plow horse. The favorites of mid-February become the forgottens of Triple Crown season. So when Gary Stevens rode Candy Boy to an impressive victory Saturday at Santa Anita, in the $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both Stevens and trainer John Sadler did their best to couch their enthusiasm.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
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December 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The last CashCall Futurity to be run at a soon-to-be-closing Betfair Hollywood Park will feature a 13-horse field of 2-year-olds, each trying to establish himself as a Kentucky Derby contenders. The winner Saturday will receive 10 points toward that Derby entry the first day in May. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Shared Belief has been made the morning line favorite at 7-2, followed by another Hollendorfer horse, Tamarando, at 4-1. John Sadler's Kobe's Back shares the third favored spot with Bob Baffert's Tap It Rich, both at 9-2. The $750,000 race will be run at 1 1/16 miles and will mark the 33rd and final race in the Hollywood Park series.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The Juvenile is the race that should foreshadow the Kentucky Derby favorite. The favorite, yes, the winner, almost never. Of the 29 previous Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners, only one -- Street Sense in 2006 -- has achieved that double. But that doesn't keep people from dreaming, and currently that optimism belongs to New Year's Day and trainer Bob Baffert. The horse saved ground throughout the race, coming off the rail only twice and was fourth at the start of the stretch and came charging late to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 1/4-lengths.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
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